From birth, we inherently want to protect and care for our children. Your child’s eyesight is no exception and there are several ways to ensure that as they grow, their eyesight is taken care of. From developing strong visual skills to maintaining proper health, here are several tips that you can follow and utilize to keep them seeing clearly from birth.
Visual Skills- developing healthy visual skills usually occur naturally but there are some things you can do to help stimulate these skills.
- Place stimulating toys within your baby’s line of focus, typically between 8–12 inches away.
- When your baby is old enough, encouraging them to crawl helps them develop hand-eye coordination.
- When you move around the room that your baby is in, continue talking to them to encourage their eyes to follow you.
- Mobiles have cognitive purposes as well as a calming effect on your baby. Include one for their crib.
- Toys that your baby can hold and look at will also help stimulate their visual skills.
Toys- there are several toys that will visually stimulate and improve motor skills like hand-eye coordination like building blocks, puzzles, stringing beads, pegboards, drawing materials and any other toys require a cooperation between the hands, eyes, and brain will be helpful.
Healthy and safe eyesight from the beginning
When it comes to ensuring that your child’s eyesight is healthy from the start, it is important that a balanced diet is consumed both during and after pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is crucial that your baby receives all the vitamins, nutrients and minerals to develop all functions and features healthily. After pregnancy, you will be setting an example for your child on how to eat properly.
Providing your child with age-appropriate toys will not only keep them happy but also challenge them appropriately as they develop crucial skills and encourage visual development. Avoid toys or playthings that have sharp edges or skinny, pointy parts as well. Always provide shelter or UV-protected lens when bringing your child outside, this is especially important if your child has light colored eyes. Having your child play outside is not a bad thing, natural light helps exercise ocular functions and reduce the chances of them developing myopia.
Aside from the routine pediatrician checkups, seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist is often recommended during their first year and then again between the ages of 3 and 4. However, there are no strict guidelines but if you notice something that is out of the ordinary (like trouble focusing, trouble with hand-eye coordination, etc.) you should get them checked out because having vision issues during their crucial developmental stages can be extremely frustrating and detrimental for them.
Protecting and fostering your child’s eyesight from early on is a great step towards ensuring they have a healthy and happy childhood.
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